Paleo Food Diet

The paleo food pyramid from Fawn Currey on Flickr

The paleo diet is an attempt to eat like we did back in the day…way back in the day… in other words, if cavemen couldn’t have it then neither can you! Yes, this means returning to our primitive past of hunter gatherers – not legitimately, but diet wise. We must think like a cave man and channel our inner hunter gatherer taste buds. This albeit, relatively new diet in the media at present , is the new crave among health freaks and fitness addicts alike. Of course you cannot blame the more health aware and even the less health aware for attempting to turn paleo when you hear of the benefits.

The benefits of the paleo diet are as follows,

  • Reduce your risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and most chronic degenerative diseases that affect people in the western world
  • Lose weight if you are overweight
  • Improve your athletic performance
  • Slow or reverse progression of an autoimmune disease
  • Improve or eliminate acne
  • Sleep better and have more energy throughout the day
  • Enjoy an increased libido
  • Improve your mental outlook and clarity
  • Enjoy a longer, healthier, more active life
Paleo Diet Do's and Donts
Paleo Diet Do’s and Donts

The average Homo Sapien hunter gatherer: tall, muscular, agile, athletic.

The average Homo Sapien now: overweight, out of shape, stressed out, unhappy, sleep deprived and dying from a myriad of preventable diseases.

So what the hell happened? Agriculture!  A few thousand years ago humans discovered farming, the agricultural revolution took off, and we advanced from hunter-gatherers to farmers.  The problem is, our bodies never adjusted properly to eating all the grains that we we’re now farming.

By following 7 steps we can all become healthy paleo eaters,

1. Higher your protein intake

2. Lower your carb intake to starchy fresh fruit and vegetables which will create all the energy (carohydraytes) you need and wont spike up blood sugar levels

3. Higher your fibre intake

4. Increase the healthful monounsaturated and Omega-3 fats and cut the trans fats and the Omega-6 polyunsaturated fats

5. Higher potassium intake and lower sodium intake

6. Higher intake of, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and plant phytochemicals

7. Net dietary alkaline load that balances dietary acid

What I can eat

  • Grass-produced meats
  • Fish/seafood
  • Fresh fruits and veggies
  • Eggs
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Healthful oils (Olive, walnut, flaxseed, macadamia, avocado, coconut)

What you cannot eat,

  • Cereal grains
  • Legumes (including peanuts)
  • Dairy
  • Refined sugar
  • Potatoes
  • Processed foods
  • Salt
  • Refined vegetable oils

Like I mentioned above, anything you cannot imagine they had back in the stone age you will have to give up! This diet is most certainly a lifestyle change but has numerous health and psychological benefits. But coming into summer and swimwear season we all want to look our best and the paleo diet along with regular exercise will for sure get you on the right track. It has guaranteed weight loss results and will definitely put you in high spirits.

Some examples of nutritional paleo meals,

Paleo food example from Dan Krueger on Flickr
Paleo food example from Dan Krueger on Flickr
Example of paleo meal from Jan Mari on flickr
Example of paleo meal from Jan Mari on flickr

The paleo diet is not all bad, there are some great recipes online for paleo protein pancakes and paleo brownies which are delicious and guilt free 🙂 Here is a paleo brownie recipe from a great website called, livinghealthywithchocolate.com

 

Paleo Brownies from Carmen Marroquin on Flickr
Paleo Brownies from Carmen Marroquin on Flickr

Here is a 7 day paleo meal plan to get you started courtesy of www.body+soul.com.au

Why not give the paleo diet a try for yourself  🙂

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